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Clarence Ling

Clarence Ling, Ph.D.

Regulation of Ribosome Structural Dynamics by Antibiotics, Translation Factors and mRNA Secondary Structure

Advisor: Dmitri N. Ermolenko, Ph.D.

Now: Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow at NIH

Michael Sloma

Michael Sloma

Computational Tools for RNA Structure Prediction

Advisor: David H. Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.


Shihao Xu

Shihao Xu, Ph.D.

The Impact of Oncogenic Signaling on Metabolic Stress Responses and Human Cytomegalovirus Infection

Advisor: Joshua C. Munger, Ph.D.


Angela Balliano

Angela Balliano, Ph.D.

Characterization of ATP-Dependent Chromatin Remodeler-Nucleosome Interactions and Analysis of the Role of HMGB1 in Base Excision Repair

Advisor: Jeffrey J. Hayes, Ph.D.

Stefanie DeVito

Stefanie DeVito, Ph.D.

Contributions of Pyrimidine Biosynthesis to Viral Infection

Advisor: Joshua C. Munger, Ph.D.

Marina Feigenson

Marina Feigenson, Ph.D.

Investigating the Role of Prostaglandin E2 Receptor Subtype 1 in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation

Advisor: Jeffrey J. Hayes, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Mayo Clinic

Guangze Jin

Guangze Jin, Ph.D.

Characterization of PIN-domain Toxin-antitoxins VapBC from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Advisor: Scott Butler, Ph.D.

Morgan Monaghan

Morgan Monaghan, Ph.D.

Identification of A2 Inter-Subunit Interactions in Factor VIIIa of the Blood Clotting Pathway

Advisor: Philip J. Fay, Ph.D.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy, Ph.D.

The Non-Histone Protein HMGN1 Alters Core Histone Tail and H1 Interactions to Modify Higher-Order Chromatin Structure

Advisor: Jeffrey J. Hayes, Ph.D.

Chinmay Surve

Chinmay Surve, Ph.D.

Stimulation of Neutrophil Migration through the Dynamic Regulation of Signaling by the Heterotrimeric G Proteins ai and bgSubunit

Advisor: Alan Victor Smrcka, Ph.D.

Yongchun Zhang

Yongchun Zhang, Ph.D.

Beta-catenin signaling integrates with BMP2 and CCN1 signaling to regulate chondrocyte differentiation and cartilage development

Advisor: Regis O'Keefe, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University Medical Center (Jianwen Que Lab)


Brenda Cadiz-Rivera

Brenda Cadiz-Rivera, Ph.D.

Hyperacetylated Domain Formation and cis-acting Regulatory DNA Sequences within the Murine β-globin Locus

Advisor: Michael D. Bulger, Ph.D.

Joshua Dewe

Joshua Dewe, Ph.D.

Characterizing the Role of Elongation Factor 1A and Other Cellular Proteins in the Yeast Rapid tRNA Decay Pathway

Advisor: Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.

Joseph Liberman

Joseph Liberman, Ph.D.

Structural and Functional Analysis of Gene Regulatory PreQ1 Riboswitches

Advisor: Joseph E. Wedekind, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University

William McDougall

William McDougall, Ph.D.

Characterization of the APOBEC3G ssDNA Editing Complex and its Regulation by RNA

Advisor: Harold C. Smith, Ph.D.

David Rabayev

David Rabayev, Ph.D.

Tissue Specific Gene Activation by a Class of Enhancers in Hyperacetylated Domains of Chromatin

Advisor: Michael D. Bulger, Ph.D.

Jiashi Wang

Jiashi Wang, Ph.D.

Investigation of an evolutionarily conserved Staufen-mediated mRNA decay pathway that involves SINEs and lncRNAs

Advisor: Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.


Kimberly Dean

Kimberly Dean, Ph.D.

Selection, Identification, and Characterization of Codon Pairs that Inhibit Translation and the Development of the RNA-ID Method to Measure the Effects of Cis-Regulatory Elements

Advisor: Elizabeth Grayhack, Ph.D.

Geoffrey Lippa

Geoffrey Lippa, Ph.D.

Thermodynamic Analysis and Characterization of Viral-Host Protein Interactions as a Preface to HIV Therapeutic Design

Advisor: Joseph E. Wedekind, Ph.D.

Now: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Alfred State University

Sharon Pepenella

Sharon Pepenella, Ph.D.

Characterization of Intra- and Inter-nucleosomal Interactions of the Histone H4 Tail Domain and the Effects of H4 Acetylation on Chromatin Structure

Advisor: Jeffrey J. Hayes, Ph.D.

Cody Spencer

Cody Spencer, Ph.D.

Fatty Acid Biosynthesis: Elucidating the Mechanisms Behind the Manipulation and Necessity of a Metabolic Pathway Critical for Viral and Cancer Pathogenesis

Advisor: Joshua C. Munger, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Zuber

Jeffrey Zuber, Ph.D.

Identification of Mutations Affecting the Thermal Stability of Ste2p, a G Protein Coupled Receptor in S. cerevisiae

Advisor: Mark E. Dumont, Ph.D.